CelebrAsians: Cancer survivors model fashion for charity
By Lan Nguyen
CelebrAsians: Cancer Walk on the Runway took place during Boston Fashion Week on Oct. 4 at Dance Union in Somerville. The benefit fashion show was hosted by Asian Women for Health.
Chien-Chi Huang, breast cancer survivor and executive director of Asian Women for Health, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40. During this time, she longed to talk to other Asian women who were going through the same illness. Out of this longing, she created the Asian Breast Cancer Project in 2010. By November 2012, the success and overwhelming support from the Asian Breast Cancer Project expanded into Asian Women for Health. This peer-led, community-based network sought to advance Asian women’s health though education, advocacy and support.
The night started out with a reception catered by Tantric Indian Bistro, Snappy Sushi and Café Tango. Attendees were treated to a colorful scarf, a gift certificate to a Shiseido facial, complimentary light makeup from Shiseido and a hand massage.
The fashion show featured 17 Asian cancer survivors wearing beautiful clothing and jewelry by Shelley Chhabra, Avni Trivedi, Philip and Anh from Philip Sawyer, Soodee and Qingjian Shi from SparkleBop Boston.
Before the models walked the runway, emcee Lola Tom would tell their story from their diagnosis of cancer to their life today. Designer Chhabra dedicated her collection to Rita Tuli, a close family friend who lost her fight to cancer last June. In between gasps about the models’ survival stories and the applause and cheers that erupted, raffle prizes were presented.
Asian Women for Health received two citation awards from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone for its dedication and service to the Asian community.
As cancer survivors strutted down the runway with glowing confidence and received roaring applause, it epitomized what Asian Women for Health is about: Engagement and empowerment.
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